Detention and training order

Detention and training order (DTO)

The main custodial sentence given to young people from York, aged 12 to 17 years old, is the 'Detention and Training Order' (DTO), which ranges in length from 4 months to 2 years.

These sentences are only given to young offenders:

  • who pose a high level of risk
  • who have a long history of offending
  • where no other sentence will manage their risks effectively

The first half of the sentence is spent in custody and the second half is spent in the community under supervision of our Youth Offending Team (YOT).

The court can require that Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) is part of the community element of the DTO.

If a young person does not comply with YOT supervision in the community, they can be taken back to court and made to serve the rest of their Detention and Training Order in custody.

York YOT maintain regular contact with young people in custody as well as their families and the secure estate.

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